Heather O`Roarke Posted August 18, 2016 Share Posted August 18, 2016 O'Roarke Hall was situated near the mainroad of Chelsea, a few mansions down from the St. George Inn and neighbouring Fulham Palace on the other side. It had an impressive drive way, with a stable and carriage house to the right side that included guest stabling. The snow on the gravel muffled the distinctive sound of guests arriving. Yet boys awaited in the stables. The two storey high black and white Tudor cottage house had been expanded on either side with extra rooms, including a wing on the right dedicated entirely to guests. Rough empthy bushes with thornes grew against the outside of the house like some kind of fairy tale. The front of the cottage had a large but simple porch that kept the waiting servants out of the snow. Staff was efficient and quiet, and helped any visitors inside, announcing them to the lady in residence. The study of the Countess was filled with bookcases, making it almost like a library, though smaller than one would expect of a lady so interested in the written word. On a side table there was a first folio volume of the complete works of Shakespeare, a large and expensive tome. The room´s furniture included a luxurious red velvet chaissez longuee as well as the lady´s green leather writing desk and a few comfortable chairs near the fireplace, which due to the day's cold was full ablaze. The windows overlooked the terrace, showing a grim view of the empty dead garden and the frozen Thames beyond. Heather had slept in this morning, but still mounted her beloved horse early enough. It was past noon now and she had her fill of her children, including Jo. There was a delight in dismissing them to their nanny, all three of them. Good god, the noise and nuisance they could make. One can't live with or without them, she reflected. The bright redhead took a deep sigh and sipped from mulled wine, not expecting much of today. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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